Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC) .
Is Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC) ready to rally soon? Investors who are in the know are taking a bullish view. The number of long hedge fund positions rose by 1 in recent months. IVC was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with IVC holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare IVC to other stocks including Medifast, Inc. (NYSE:MED), Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corp (NYSE:WMC), and First Community Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:FCBC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How are hedge funds trading Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 7% gain from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 12 hedge funds with a bullish position in IVC at the beginning of this year. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Daruma Asset Management, led by Mariko Gordon, holds the most valuable position in Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC). Daruma Asset Management has a $33.3 million position in the stock, comprising 2% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Millennium Management, founded by Israel Englander, holds a $16.1 million position. Other peers that hold long positions contain Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Efrem Kamen’s Pura Vida Investments. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.